It’s calmed somewhat after last week’s exciting Kadoorie Charitable Foundation visit, but the interns and I continue to be busy. The final fundraiser I will organize before I leave on April 30th is a Silent Auction and Dinner this coming Friday night. It’s coming together nicely with about 70 people expected to attend, and the number and quality of silent auction items are healthy, so we are on target to raise about 2 lak (Rs. 200,000). Fingers crossed for us! In between the meetings to arrange the fundraiser, I have been on a vacation of sorts with friends from Toronto – many of you RBCers will know Karen Hilton and Jolene Park. Jolene has been travelling in SE Asia since January, and Karen joined her for a visit to Kuala Lumpar and Bali – it’s a tough life for them really, now isn’t it??
On my part It was great to visit with friends from home, whose first language is English and who just gets the Canadian references. Many friends threatened to visit me here in Nepal but only Jolene and Karen came through – thank you ladies!! The visit to Nepal was the most exotic they had experienced thus far, and it was neat they got to see the touristy side as well as experience day to day life here in Nepal. the highlight for them was taking the public bus from Kathmandu to Banepa – complete with baby chickens, no roosters oir goats this time. We did lots – Jolene and Karen attended the Kadoorie visit at SIRC, we had a day of pampering at an ayurveda health home, a day of sightseeing outside Kathmandu enabled by a car and driver, some sightseeing in the city itself by rickshaw, and of course shopping, eating, chatting and relaxing. Although I must admit it is nice to be back in the countryside where the air is cleaner and there is much less bustle. Yesterday morning Jolene left for her Poon Hill trek in the Annapurna region and safely arrived in Pokhara last night. But not before catching some Funny Tummy. Hopefully she feels better this morning! Karen joins me today at SIRC for the next 10 days. Karen too has not felt so well these past few days but seems to be on the mend today. It hasn’t stopped her from getting started on the work allocated to her:
- Introduce a performance management system to the Admin Team and Heads of Department at SIRC.
- Prepare a succession plan for key staff at SIRC.
- Team building ideas for Heads of Departments.
- Revise the volunteer orientation package.
A lot to cover in 10 days but, we can only do the best we can.